Three former students now teachers

Three former students of the Vandalia School District will be returning to classrooms next fall, this time as teachers.
The Vandalia School Board voted last week to hire Katie Vieregge as the Title I math teacher at Vandalia Junior High School, Laura Hobbie as a science teacher at the junior high and Joe Kelly as a math teacher at VJHS.
Also hired were Rachel Miller, for language arts at the high school, and Eric Lux, as a special education teacher at VCHS.
The board also approved the retirements of: Jim Robbins, VCHS/Okaw Area Vocational Center custodian, May 1; and Karen Jeannie Brungard, Vandalia Elementary School aide, June 30.
Also at the meeting:
• The board approved the honorable release of non-teaching coaches in the district: Tammy Isaiah, seventh-grade volleyball; Allison Hall, eighth-grade and varsity volleyball; Josh Behrends, junior varsity baseball; Lucas Benning, freshman/sophomore basketball; Austin Wollerman, freshman/sophomore basketball; Joe Schaal, junior varsity basketball; Tracy Alstat, high school cheerleading; William Blythe, girls tennis; Mallory Reynolds, junior varsity volleyball; and Matt Shroyer, junior varsity wrestling.
• The board approved a reorganization of district cooks – Christy Wright, head cook at Vandalia Elementary; Kim Carroll, six-hour cook at the junior high; Connie Dively, six-hour cook at the junior high, Liz Deutsch, five-hour cook at VES; Kathy Gehle, five-hour cook at VES; and Ginny Phillips at the high school.
• The board approved the mowing bid of Whitten Lawn Care, at a cost of $450 for each mowing.
• The board approved amendments to the current school calendar. Now, the last student day is June 1, and the last teacher day is June 2.
• The board approved Freshman Academy at the high school, a program designed to help freshmen students become acclimated to the high school.
• Junior high Principal Brian Kern reported that one orientation night will be held in the spring and another in the fall. High school Principal Randy Protz reported that the freshman orientation has been moved from May to August.
• The board agreed to work the Vandalia Lions Club on the startup of a Lions’ Leo Club at the junior high.
The organization focuses on getting youth involved in community service projects.
The action was taken after a presentation by Bill Haselhorst and John Dotray of the Vandalia Lions Club.
• Superintendent Rich Well reported that the district is “in a solid position (financially) heading into the last one-third of the fiscal year.
“Most of it is due to the fact that we’ve had to cut back,” Well said.
• Well reported that Lester Construction had started on the construction of the district’s new maintenance building at the southwest corner of Seventh and School streets.

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